WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I went into BERNIE not knowing anything about it at all aside from the fact that Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine star in it. I didn't know that it was based on a true story until the credits rolled and they showed pictures of the real Bernie and Marjorie.
After sitting through the 99-minute movie, I wish I could give a more in-depth review on the film, but truthfully, almost as soon as BERNIE was over, most of my thoughts on it were gone with it.
The film is done in a sort of mockumentary style where various actors and actresses give interviews with their opinions on the whole story. Those little interviews are mixed in with the actual film telling the story of Bernie Tiede and Marjorie Nugent.
At first I thought this was going to be an indie romance about a man who falls in love with an older woman, but again, that was prior to me knowing anything about the film other than who was in it. I can't say that this turn of events was much better. The story that the film is based on is certainly interesting, but when it comes down to it, I don't think that it was enough to have an entire feature film dedicated to it. Jack Black does his typical overacting schtick and Shirley MacLaine really doesn't add anything extra to the film for the relatively short period of time that she's in it.
BERNIE attempts to be charmingly dark while trying to turn a true story about a murder into a tale of a justifiable crime. For me, the whole thing falls short with most of the blame falling on Black, who is really just not a great actor outside of mindless comedies.
Amazing Grace: It's a behind-the-scenes look at BERNIE. The cast and crew talk about working with one another and their roles in the film.
True Story To Film: The writer discusses how he decided to adapt the story and how he first discovered the story of Bernie Tiede. He talks about the town in which this all took place called Carthage, Texas.
The Gossips: The director talks about East Texas and how the people worked in these small towns. They also show auditions from people in these small towns who wound up getting cast in the film as the people speaking about Bernie and Marjorie.
Deleted Scenes: Your typical reel of scenes cut from the final film. Sometimes I feel like the scenes that were cut really could've added to the film itself, but in this case, none of them really brought anything extra to the table. If you liked the film, it's not a bad set of scenes, but otherwise it's just a bit meh.
Maybe the reason I didn't really enjoy BERNIE was because it wasn't quite what I was expecting. I didn't really know what I was going into at first but what I came out with was far from satisfied. BERNIE is a unique film told with an interesting cast and crew, but for me, it just didn't strike as a particularly memorable story outside of the truth behind it. It's not bad, but for me, this is a film that I would only watch once.